Annual General Meeting

G4S, Annual Report

2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The 2020 Annual General Meeting was held on 17 June 2020


2020 AGM Information

Read the Notice of Meeting here

Read the Poll Results from the meeting here

Questions and Answers

One question was received in advance of the 2020 AGM, which is below:

"In November 2019 Norway’s Council of Ethics found harrowing evidence of practices at this company’s operations in Qatar and the Emirates that were comparable to modern-day slavery.

These findings, which include heavy recruitment fees being placed on migrant workers, lower wages than agreed, and confiscation of passports, led Norway’s sovereign wealth fund to divest from G4S.

Whether they are subcontractors or permanent staff, head office or frontline, all workers employed by G4S in any jurisdiction deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and fairness. All companies have a responsibility to protect human rights under international law, and G4S sadly failed to meet this responsibility.

G4S’ statement in response to the Council states that the company has carried out an investigation and are making progress on an action plan in the Middle East, but this response does not detail specific measures taken.

Can the board share an update on G4S’ plan to remedy this abuse for affected workers, and on concrete measures it has put in place to prevent it being repeated, and will you meet with ShareAction to discuss this further?"

Answer

"On page 33 of the 2019 Integrated Report published in May 2020, we gave the following update:

Enhancing the protection of migrant workers We have utilised a range of information sources to help us identify potential modern slavery risk areas, and as a result have focused our efforts on mitigating these risks in our supply chain and the employment of migrant workers. In May 2019, we published our third slavery and human trafficking statement, setting out the actions we have taken to help reduce these risks. Since then, as well as implementing our supply chain due-diligence programme, we have taken additional steps to enhance our protection of migrant workers in the Middle East and Asia.

? Continuing to improve our migrant worker policy and code of conduct for migrant worker recruitment agencies:

 ? Among the standards set by this policy and code is the prohibition of withholding an employee’s passport or placing other restrictions on their freedom of movement that may prevent them from moving to another employer or returning home

 ? The policy and code also set out G4S’s requirements that all employees be provided with clear terms and conditions, in a language they understand, prior to employment

? We have concluded detailed analysis of migrant worker recruitment fees and associated costs. Following this, G4S has committed to applying the standards adopted by the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, including the ‘Employer Pays’ principle, in all group companies

? Created a new team of migrant worker coordinators to conduct a range of checks in both candidates’ home and destination countries. By March 2020, they had completed more than 1,600 direct surveys with staff in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, to confirm their experience during the recruitment process was consistent with our standards

? Appointed new health and safety officers and welfare officers

? Launched modern slavery training for senior management and key functional roles, such as HR and Procurement departments

For background:

In the November 2019 statement from our Group CEO regarding migrant worker policies and practises that you refer to (see link http://www.jopodegomina.com/social-responsibility/safeguarding-our-integrity/statement-from-g4s-group-ceo-regarding-migrant-worker-policies-and-practices ) we reiterate that everyone at G4S, whether a director or frontline supervisor, has a responsibility to respect and protect the human rights of the company’s employees. Any human rights abuse is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

At G4S, we aim to ensure that our employment policies and practices are consistent with international conventions, including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the ILO core labour conventions. We recognise that migrant workers are far from home and potentially vulnerable and it is critical that we all follow the Group’s policies to safeguard their wellbeing.

It is essential that we proactively engage with employees, suppliers and other stakeholders to ensure that our migrant worker policies and practices remain relevant and effective. The Board and Executive are committed to the ongoing investment in our assurance programme to ensure that our migrant worker policies are implemented in all the businesses we manage and by the suppliers we use.

The announcement made by the Council on Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (“Council”) on 14 November 2019 referred to a number of potential risks relating to migrant workers in parts of the Middle East. G4S takes these matters extremely seriously and has engaged with the Council closely and co-operatively. We are determined to fully address their concerns.

Since meeting with the Council in January 2019 we have taken significant steps to strengthen our migrant worker practices across all of our operations including updating our Migrant Workers Policy and Migrant Workers Recruitment Agency Code of Conduct, and appointing new Welfare Officers and a Migrant Worker Coordinator. Consistent with our Group values, we are resolutely committed to ensuring that our high standards are applied in all our business. To that end, we will continue to invest in proactive partner engagement, and robust assurance and audit processes and the Group executive team and the Board will continue to maintain close oversight of this important work.

G4S has, over many years, built a reputation as a leading employer of choice in the security industry. We are committed to working with employees, industry participants, suppliers and other stakeholders to develop and implement employment best practices in the security industry and maintain our leadership position."

Section 311A Disclosure - Information to be provided in connection with the Annual General Meeting held on 17 June 2020

G4S plc (“the Company”) makes available to shareholders the Notice of the Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) to be held on 17 June 2020 at 11.30am at Sutton Park House, 15 Carshalton Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 4LD. United Kingdom. 

The additional matters to be disclosed pursuant to section 311A of the Companies Act 2006 are: 

1.The notice of AGM and explanatory notes are set out in the Notice of Annual General Meeting

2. There is only one class of shares in respect of which members are entitled to exercise voting rights at the AGM – 25p ordinary shares. The number of such shares currently in issue is 1,551,594,436. 

3. The current total number of voting rights that members are entitled to exercise at the AGM in respect of the Company’s shares carrying the right to vote at the AGM is 1,551,594,436. 
The following documents are, under normal circumstances, available for inspection during normal business hours at the Company’s registered office on any business day (including the day of the meeting): 
(a) copies of Directors’ service contracts with the Company 
(b) copies of Non-Executive Directors’ letters of appointment 
(c) copies of deeds of indemnities granted to each Director 

Section 311A Disclosure - information to be provided in connection with the Annual General Meeting held on 16 May 2019. 

G4S plc (“the Company”) made available to shareholders the Notice of Annual General Meeting held on 16 May 2019 (“AGM”). 

The additional matters to be disclosed pursuant to section 311A of the Companies Act 2006 are: 
1.The notice of AGM and explanatory notes are set out in the Notice of Annual General Meeting
2. There is only one class of shares in respect of which members are entitled to exercise voting rights at the AGM – 25p ordinary shares. The number of such shares currently in issue is 1,551,594,436. 
3. The current total number of voting rights that members are entitled to exercise at the AGM in respect of the Company’s shares carrying the right to vote at the AGM is 1,551,594,436. 

2018 AGM information
The 2018 Annual General Meeting was held on 15 May 2018

Read the notice of meeting and explanatory notes here

Read the G4S plc - AoA adopted at 2018 AGM

Read the 2018 poll results here

2017 AGM information
The 2017 Annual General Meeting was held on 25 May 2017
Read the notice of meeting and explanatory notes here
Read the 2017 poll results here

2016 AGM information
The 2016 Annual General Meeting was held on 26 June 2016
Read the notice of meeting and explanatory notes here.
Read the 2016 poll results here.  

2015 AGM information
The 2015 Annual General Meeting of G4S plc was held on 4 June 2015.
Read the notice of meeting and explanatory notes here.
Read the 2015 poll results here.

2014 AGM information
The 2014 Annual General Meeting of G4S plc was held on 5 June 2014.
Read the notice of meeting and explanatory notes here.
Read the 2014 poll results here.

2013 AGM information
The 2013 Annual General Meeting of G4S plc was held on 6 June 2013.
Read the notice of meeting and explanatory notes here.
 Read the 2013 poll results here.

2012 AGM information

The 2012 Annual General Meeting of G4S plc was held on 7 June 2012.
Read the notice of meeting and explanatory notes here.
Read the 2012 poll results here

2011 AGM information
The 2011 Annual General Meeting of G4S plc was held on 19 May 2011.
Read the notice of meeting here and explanatory notes here.
Read the 2011 poll results here.

2010 AGM information
The 2010 Annual General Meeting of G4S plc was held on 28 May 2010.
Read the notice of meeting here and explanatory notes here.
Read the 2010 poll results here.

2009 AGM information
The 2009 Annual General Meeting of G4S plc was held on 26 May 2009 in London.
Read the notice of meeting and explanatory notes here.
Read the 2009 poll results here

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